Clarissa Vin Rouge 2018
An elegant, refined wine, that is in perfect balance, There is a purity of fruit found in this wine. Clarissa was uniquely designed by Bill to complement medium-soft foods that include some of the medium strength spices.
Finally we made 1,200 cases so everyone can enjoy this wonderful wine.
The 2018 season was seamless with heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set.
Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions as the fruit developed flavor complexity, approaching maturity with gradual increases in sugar levels, reaching optimal balance of brix and pH levels at harvest.
French Oak for 22 months, approximately 40% new, 40% one use and the balance neutral.